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Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef ribs” (26 reviews)
“baby back ribs” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Bar
$$ - $$$
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best barbecue I’ve had. Better than any I’ve tried in Texas even. You get a lot for your money!! Very casual atmospher. Great for families too.

Thank billandjoyce2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous all i can say is bring a big appetite and prepare to feast!! Yummy!! This location here in San Marcos is great for getting on the freeway!!

Thank Debbie R
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Not REAL BBQ--they use ovens. Reasonable prices and big portions. Phil's would not be able to make it in areas that have BBQ like Texas, Memphis or North Carolina.

Thank Randal M
Reviewed August 24, 2018

We have been their twice and had the same experience that when we ordered they would try to sell us more then we asked. Then they would try to inform us on how it is better to order more then we asked for.It is also...More

Thank 19037Travel
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Been going to Phil’s for many years. I haven’t been to this location for over 1 year. We were there today, a Monday at 1:15pm. There was maybe 4 tables occupied and it was empty by Phil’s standards. I ordered the El Toro like I...More

Thank monkutare
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

$25 for the meal posted in photo and I struggled to finish, added a sausage link and a drink, for a total of about $30.... x2 for the wife and add my son the meal in total was around $75 with tip. Which honestly for...More

Thank Lee H
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

This is our family's absolute favorite place to eat. The baby back ribs are always perfectly smoked and delicious. Phil's sauce tops it off just right. They're fast and friendly too. Great spot.

Thank Robert P
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Great place for bbq in San MARCOS. Super casual, lots of families with kids, not cheap, bar area is ok. Outside seating although too hot to do so now

Thank GirlGabe
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I've been to other Phil's locations that were better. I ordered my trip-tip sandwich well done and it came out burnt to a crisp. Most of it wasn't even edible. There is a difference between no pink and all burned. I also had a large...More

Thank Eden P
Reviewed August 6, 2018

my wife and I both got a tri tip sandwich and ordered a large serving of french fries ..the large order would feed 4 people ..suggest getting the small order ..the staff was friendly and the food was really gooooood !!

Thank drredeye
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
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At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.
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